The Colorado Plateau is America’s western treasure, home to the country’s highest concentration of national parks, monuments, wilderness areas, and state parks, and a near-endless bounty of wild, stunning landscape. Discovering the Colorado Plateau will explore this region through beautiful maps, full-color photography, and detailed descriptions of the area’s geography, history, and geology, as well as signature activities that encapsulate the best each locale has to offer. By purposefully shifting the focus away from the national parks, this book introduces readers to the various public lands and protected areas that are as exciting and wonderful as any of the major parks. Unlike any other book published recently about the Plateau, this book not only acts as a source of great information and imagery, but as a practical guide and a true celebration of one of America’s most beautiful and endangered lands.
The Colorado Plateau is home to nearly thirty national parks, monuments and recreational areas. The unique geology, stunning rock formations, powerful rivers and numerous scenic canyons that compose such a striking region also made navigation difficult. Yet daring explorers braved the journey. Rock art and other artifacts are evidence of occupation thousands of years ago. Spanish explorers once trekked across this rugged terrain, seeking information on the native populace, religious converts and trade routes. In the frontier era, a trio of bandits discovered the value of good horses while fleeing for three hundred miles. Nearly a century after the gold rush, uranium fever brought another boom to the rugged reaches of the area in the 1940s. Supported by years of research, Bob Silbernagel traces the Colorado Plateau's intrepid inhabitants throughout history.
This comprehensive guidebook directs you to 66 Colorado wilderness areas, national parks, wildlife refuges, and nature preserves. Includes information on recreational pursuits, climate, flora and fauna, geology, and human history. 70 photographs. 70 maps.
Did the arrival of Europeans five centuries ago bring the benefits of western civilization to a new World of barbarians or did it bring death, slavery, and terror to long-established cultures? This controversial anthology brings together historical texts and contemporary fiction and essays that re-explore the conquest of the Americas and reveal issues that are still burning in the literature and imagination of the hemisphere.
A supplementary volume to R-2654/1 presenting statistical details behind the descriptions and analyses of that report. The six appendixes include (1) the significant oil and gas fields database; (2) cumulative and current (1975) production data for crude oil and natural gas by field size class for each state or statistical area and region; (3) the number of significant oil and gas field discoveries in the United States by field size class over five-year periods by region and type of field; (4) data on the amounts of crude oil and natural gas discovered in the United States by five-year periods up to and including 1975; (5) data on exploratory drilling by region in the United States from 1936 to 1975; and (6) the authors' estimates of future significant discoveries in the lower 48 states by field size and region.